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New guidelines issued for COPD

KEY POINT

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has published new advice to clinicians regarding the diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults.

SOURCES

Qaseem A et al. Diagnosis and management of stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2007;147:633–8.

Wilt TJ et al. Management of stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review for a clinical practice guideline. Ann Intern Med. 2007;147:639–53.

Wilt TJ et al. Use of spirometry for case findings, diagnosis, and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; September 2005. AHRQ publication no. 05-E017-2.